This Sky’s Got Bruises, Scars


The clouds are playing
rugby again, scrum-scumbled
into teams, scrambling
for their silver
linings. Move along now;
these primo seats
are ours.

You’re dreaming
if you think there’s a
winner. Nothing to see here
but sleepy wayward
a kick
-caphony of


A second offering for the Quadrille over at dVerse. I’m hosting. Come play! 



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13 Responses to This Sky’s Got Bruises, Scars

  1. maggie says:

    I love … this sentence:

    “Move along now;
    these primo seats
    are ours.”

    … also the whole first stanza.

    … also the whole poem. 🙂

  2. X says:


    Playing rugby for their silver linings…nice.
    Nice use of kick-caphony — I think we need to sneak it into dictionaries.

    Did you realize it is almost Kick-a-phony. Hmm.

    Another fun take.

  3. Frank Hubeny says:

    I liked “kick

  4. LadyInRead says:

    Kick-caphony definitely got my attention, and then again, the whole poem too!

  5. ‘Scrum-scumbled’ is a beauty too. Such a clever evocation of the night, the clouds, the watcher and the sleeper – ‘sheep shadow-baying’ – is also great. Bravo.

  6. kim881 says:

    How did you do that? I have ‘scumbled’ down for a poem I’m writing about a ship that’s buried on the Welsh coast! But ‘scrum-scumbled’ is even more Welsh – they love their rugby. I love the way ‘scumbling’ morphs into ‘scrambling for their silver linings’ – I just love your cloud metaphors, De.

  7. lillian says:

    LOVE this cloud/rugby team metaphor!!! And especially love that kick-cacophony at the end. Brilliant! 🙂

  8. Loved your ending! Well, loved the whole piece! Of course who owns the “kick”, the rugby team, made of clouds!

  9. Love the playing of rugby… actually I love to watch the wildness of clouds (from inside).

  10. lynn__ says:

    It’s a rough n’ tumble game…thanks for broadcasting to the bleacher seats!

  11. This is pure delight, De. I love how your imagination soared.

  12. merrildsmith says:

    I love the sounds of the words here–the rhythmic clickety-clack sounds. Wonderful!

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